Stephan graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2015 with a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. During his time there he worked in the lab of Dr. Leslie Saucedo studying the regulation of cellular growth in the model system Drosophila melanogaster. After finishing his undergraduate studies he worked as a technician for several years in the lab of Dr. James Priess at the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center using the powerful genetic tools of C. elegans to study the morphogenesis of the embryonic intestine as well as the cell biology of apoptotic germ cells. In the fall of 2017, he began his graduate studies at University of Washington in the Molecular and Cellular Biology PhD Program and ultimately joined the lab of Dr. Singhvi where he studies the molecular mechanisms of glial engulfment of neurons.
Born and raised in Colorado, Stephan enjoys the outdoors and sunshine. In the summer he frequently hikes, but also enjoys activities closer to home such as brewing beer and kombucha.